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"Novice" to shoes - Looking for brown wing tips - Range: <$150 preferably

post #1 of 44
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Ok, let me just state my situation I'm in right now.

I'm an 18 year old male, just a freshman in college. I'm not like the older members of this site, who have a job and obviously more money than I do. I like to look good, but I'm not willing to sacrifice let's say, my food spending or other necessities for nicer clothes.

I'm really looking for a decent brown wing tip pair of shoes that can be worn with a button down an dark jeans and can also fit in with a lighter colored suit (which I don't have, but that will be coming soon if I have enough money...). Something that a younger person would wear. I don't really like

Yes, I've heard about Allen-Edmonds, A. Testoni, Loake (which look really great and probably feel better), and then those ugly (in my opinion) dress shoes from Prada and Dsquared which seem absolutely overpriced simply for their name and status in fashion today.

I've skimmed the site and read several things and reasons on why it's best to spend good money on shoes. I understand, but I still have the ability to grow out of them (which I would absolutely hate) and I don't have the money even if I wanted to. It's simply out of the question for me at the present time.

I have seen that thread comparing Johnston and Murphy, Cole Haan, and Kenneth Cole. I have 2 pairs of Cole Haans (1 moc loafer, 1 brown casual leather), and as much as you guys have been bombing Cole Haan, they do have wear and tear from use, but nothing's falling apart for the year I've had them. I like to take care of my shoes, put shoe trees in them, use a shoe horn whenever I can, etc. Nothing has been ripping, falling apart, breaking, tearing, etc. At least so far, and hopefully it stays that way.

Same for a pair of Kenneth Coles I got for 56 dollars from 180. They aren't bad, but I can tell the quality isn't as good as a pair of J&Ms I had before. They do feel amazingly comfortable. I was literally dancing for 2 hours straight in my prom get-up and every guy friend was whining about how their feet hurt from moving so much in their shoes. I felt great.

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Summary if it's too long: Looking for brown wing tips. Preferably <$150. Please do not recommend me 300 dollar shoes. I don't care unless they make me fly. Any suggestions that are 150 and under would be awesome and extremely helpful. I'm not looking for a shoe I plan to keep for 20 years and then pass down to my child, or something. I'm looking for a practical, well-built dress shoe that's versatile enough and fits in my budget of <$150. I don't know much about all the shoe brands, so any new knowledge for me to learn is great.

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One pair I was interested in...
http://www.shoebuy.com/johnston-murp...ing-tip/300929
Can get total for 85.16 (20% off of the 100 something price).
post #2 of 44
go to a thrift store for a few weeks, then when you have a sense of what kind of stuff comes in, pick a pair you like. you will find wearable shoes for under $20. look for old american brands like wright, ae, florsheim, JM, bostonian, nettleton.
post #3 of 44
Welcome to the site. Brown wingtips are a good choice for a college student, and can be worn with jeans. Try Goodwill, etc. Sometimes people donate new or hardly worn shoes. Also look at B&S on this site. Good deals to be had.
post #4 of 44
AE Shoe Bank has both the Hinsdale and Hudson for about 150.
post #5 of 44
I second the tip for thrift stores. I've found some nice Florsheims, J&M's, and Bally's at a thrift place near my school in great condition. Also try eBay (as long as you know your size--go to a store and try on different brands since sometimes size runs differently) and the eBay AE store which has good deals. Check out sales. Personally I think J&M's are rather underrated here on SF. I like them as much as my AE's. Maybe it's just my feet, but they seem to fit me best and have worn well.
post #6 of 44
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tip guys.

I have been searching eBay and Craigslist for shoes, but although I do find outstanding deals, I cannot make such an investment without trying them on. I just can't buy shoes without at least getting to touch them, just me. I'm kinda picky...

Is it OK to go to a store simply to try on different brands without the intention of buying them? I don't know if that's rude or not... I'm in Austin, TX and there's a men's clothing store called Keepers, which seems like a much more expensive version of Men's Wearhouse (which I don't like at all IMO).

http://www.keepersclothing.com/

More suggestions for brands or even specific pairs of shoes would be great.

Thanks in advance!
post #7 of 44
Said this before but will say it again. I would look for a dark brown suede. Cheap suede wears and looks better than cheap leather.
post #8 of 44
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I just don't like the look of suede. Just me.
post #9 of 44
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http://vip.zappos.com/allen-edmonds-...calf?zlfid=111

I think those shoes are PERFECT.

Too bad the price isn't, and I've only heard praise from Allen-Edmonds for quality and comfort.

I wish someone just left 3 100 dollar bills on the floor for me. :[
post #10 of 44
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Originally Posted by refinery View Post
http://vip.zappos.com/allen-edmonds-...calf?zlfid=111

I think those shoes are PERFECT.

Too bad the price isn't, and I've only heard praise from Allen-Edmonds for quality and comfort.

I wish someone just left 3 100 dollar bills on the floor for me. :[

Those are spectator shoes, not very versatile.
post #11 of 44
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Originally Posted by refinery View Post
http://vip.zappos.com/allen-edmonds-...calf?zlfid=111 I think those shoes are PERFECT. Too bad the price isn't, and I've only heard praise from Allen-Edmonds for quality and comfort. I wish someone just left 3 100 dollar bills on the floor for me. :[
Is there a Nordstrom Rack around you? I see lots of AEs at the Rack for $100-$150 here in L.A.
post #12 of 44
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Originally Posted by hts666 View Post
Is there a Nordstrom Rack around you? I see lots of AEs at the Rack for $100-$150 here in L.A.
I'll check around. Is that like a Saks Off? There's just a reg Nordstrom at the nearest mall here... If it's farther than 30 miles, I can't go. I'm only a college student. No car and only the metro bus, which is limited. EDIT: Closest one is in San Antonio, an hour away. :[
post #13 of 44
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Originally Posted by mkarim View Post
Those are spectator shoes, not very versatile.
Any suggestions?
post #14 of 44
I picked up a pair of the AE Hinsdales from Amazon for $140 a few weeks ago here:

http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Edmonds-...4945587&sr=8-1

Sizes are very picked over now, but if you keep your eyes open, sometimes they will come back in stock. Prices have been going back and forth from $139-149.
post #15 of 44
Snagged a pair of Loakes off B&S for under $100 the other day.
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